Dr. Sarah Clemmons named President of Chipola College
The Chipola District Board of Trustees named Dr. Sarah Clemmons president of Chipola
College at a meeting on March 14. Clemmons was unanimously selected by the board upon the
recommendation of a sub-committee which reviewed internal candidates for the position. Dr.
Bryan Craven, Chipola Director of Public Relations, was the only other internal candidate.
Clemmons previously served as Senior Vice President of Instruction, and had served as Interim
President of Chipola since the resignation of former president Dr. Jason Hurst in October, 2016.
Dr. Clemmons is the second Chipola alumnus to serve as president. She said, “I love Chipola and
I am honored to have been asked to serve as president. Chipola has an excellent reputation for
academic and student success. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and administration
to build on the great traditions established at Chipola.”
Dr. Clemmons previously served as the chief academic officer for the college with responsibility
over all academic and workforce instructional programs. She also had oversight for the college’s
accreditation, grants, assessment and academic support programs.
Dr. Clemmons came to Chipola in 1979 as an English instructor and became Division Chair of the Literature/Language Division
rising through the ranks to become the top academic officer of the college. She helped to start the Academic Center for Excellence
which has won a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award and has been a finalist for a Bellwether Award. She was instrumental in
establishing Bachelor’s Degree programs at Chipola in 2003.
Dr. Clemmons is a native of Marianna, and is an alumnus of Marianna High, Chipola College, UWF, Troy and FSU. She serves
on the board of trustees of Jackson Hospital. She is active in the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and was named Citizen
of the Year by the group in 2015.
She is married to Dr. Tracy Clemmons, an Operations Management Consultant, with the Florida Agency for Persons with
Disabilities. Their son, Dr. Martin Clemmons, is an internal medicine physician at Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville,
Georgia. Their daughter, Sarah Kathryn Dugan, is a prosecuting assistant state’s attorney in Tallahassee. The family is active in the
First Baptist Church of Marianna.
The Student Government Association
will host the annual College Awards
Ceremony on Thursday, April 20 with
a reception starting at 6 p.m. and the
ceremony following at 7 p.m. in the
Center for the Arts.
Chipola leads Panhandle Chipola Show Choir will host its annual
Jazzmatazz show, March 30-31 and April 1-2.
The top-ranked Chipola College Indians are 10-2 in Evening shows are at 7 p.m., with a Sunday show
Panhandle Conference play and 29-6 overall. Chipola sits at 2 p.m. The annual performance will feature
atop both the state and national polls. high energy, song and dance favorites performed
The Indians host Gulf Coast in a double-header, by the Show Choir under the direction of Angie
Saturday, April 1, at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. White, Dr. Josh Martin and Aaron Moore, with
Chipola lost a March 24 double-header to Northwest, choreography by Brittney Holmes.
11-10 and 10-6. The Indians beat Northwest 13-6 on March Here, four members are pictured, from left:
23. Riley Cabral (7-0) earned the win for Chipola with 8 Christina Ramirez, Destin Dawson, Grace Wester
strikeouts in 5 innings. Jacob Silverstein and Max Guzman both homered for Chipola. Guzman and Anthony Severson.
was 4 for 5 on the day. Tekwaan Whyte was 2 for 3. Chipola beat Northwest 5-1 on March 21. Tickets—$10—may be purchased at the
Bowden Francis (7-1) was the winning pitcher for the Indians. He threw five strikeouts and Chipola Box Office or online at www.chipola.edu/
gave up no earned runs in the complete game. Max Guzman was 3 for 4. Andrew Bechtold boxoffice. For more information, call 718-2420.
was 2 for 4 with a triple. Jacob Silverstein and Reynaldo Rivera were both 1 for 2.
The Panhandle Conference standings as of March 27 are: Chipola (10-2), Northwest (5-
3), Tallahassee (5-7), Gulf Coast (3-5) and Pensacola (1-7). For the latest news visit, www.
Perfect in Panhandle Chipola PBL wins big at State Conference
Chipola Phi Beta Lambda brought home 16 Top-5 awards from the
The Lady Indians softball team recent PBL State Leadership Conference in Orlando.
Winners include: Administrative Technology, Bethany Horton, Fifth;
is 8-0 in Panhandle Conference Computer Concepts, Chase Mason, First; Computer Concepts, Andrew
Bizaillion, Fifth; Cyber Security, Bonnie NeSmith, Third; Cyber Security,
play and 43-2 overall. Chipola Shareem Goodlet, Fourth; Information Management, Hayden White, Third;
Justice Administration, Bonnie NeSmith, First; Personal Finance, Sarah
hosts Gulf Coast in a double-header Hall, Third; Programming Concepts, Bradach Carlson, Fourth; Project
Management, Bradach Carlson, First; Client Service, Shareem Goodlet,
Saturday, April 1, at 1 and 3 p.m. Third; Financial Services, Sarah Hall, First; Help Desk, Hayden White, First;
Job Interview, Kathryn Meadows, First; Network Design, Bradach Carlson
Chipola is first in the State Poll and Chase Mason (team), First; Social Media Campaign, Bethany Horton
and Melea Kirk (team), First.
and second in the NJCAA National Barbara Faculty adviser Glenda Bethel says, “These students exemplify the proud
Poll. The Lady Indians swept Woll Chipola spirit and our tradition of excellence. We appreciate the college’s
support for providing a budget that allows our students to travel and the
Pensacola in a March 25 double- many college employees who work with, and support our students.”
Qualifying Chipola students will compete with 2,000 students from
header, 3-0 and 3-0. Morgan Goree across the U.S. at the PBL National Conference in Anaheim, CA, in June.
was the winning pitcher in game
one. Krystal Goodman earned the
win in game two.
On March 21, the Lady Indians
swept Abraham Baldwin, 11-1 and
7-0. In game one, Goodman earned Krystal
the win. Kyaria Brown was 3 for 3 Goodman
with a homerun. Barbara Woll was 2 for 3. In game
two, Morgan Goree earned the win. Alexis Grampp
was 2 for 3 with a homerun. Melany Sheldon was 2
for 2. Kyaria Brown was 3 for 3.
On March 18, Chipola beat Pensacola (9-1) and
Tallahassee (6-1). Jordenne Gaten, Ashley Morris
and Grampp each had triples for Chipola.
For the week of March 28, Kyaria Brown was
the Player of the Week and batted .727 with a
homerun and 5 RBI’s. She hit safely in all four of
Krystal Goodman was Pitcher of the Week. She
was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA. She pitched 11 innings The Chipola BSU will host a
allowing 3 hits, one run and run walk with 21
strikeouts. Spoken Word Slam, Thursday, April 13,
For the week of March 21, Barbara Woll was
the Region 8 Player of the Week. The center-fielder in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
from Brazil batted .643 with three doubles, three
home runs, eight RBIs and six stolen bases in six Building C-116, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
games. Morgan Goree was the Region 8 Pitcher
of the Week. The freshman RHP from Senoia, Ga, There is a $25 Gift Card prize for the
was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three appearances.
She threw three complete-game wins, including a Best Spoken Word. Sign up in Room
six-inning no-hitter vs. Tallahassee and a three-hit
shutout vs. Northwest. Presented by C-106 by April 12.
Black Contest word rules and guidelines:
Choose a subject and have attitude.
Student Poems that get attention are ones
Union that incorporate simple, but powerful
poetic elements. Spoken word poems
are written to be performed. No foul
language or topics that offend others.
QEP Slogan Contest Political Issues are ok (Ex: Women’s
Movement), but should not offend
Students can win money in Chipola’s QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) slogan contest. others. (Ex: Do not attack current
Log in to Canvas class and come up with a slogan for the QEP topic: Career Exploration/ President, etc.). Peers will vote for the
Planning for the Future. There’s a link to a video about the contest at: Best Spoken Word. Sign up in C106A
There are cash prizes for the top 3 winners. The contest runs through April 5. Students will
have the chance to vote on the slogans chosen by the QEP team as most relevant to the topic.
AprilLady Indians fall in National Tourney
The Lady Indians’ (28-5) season ended with a 65-60 loss 1 Baseball(DH)vs.GulfCoast,1&3:30p.m.
to Trinity Valley in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA National 1 Softballvs.Tallahassee,1&3p.m.
Tournament in Lubbock, Texas. Danielle Garven was named to 1 DeadlinetoapplyonlineforAprilAudition
the All-Tournament Team. She led Chipola with 19 points and for2017-18MusicorTheatreScholarship
8 rebounds. Raven Baker-Northcross scored 12. Chipola led 32- 1 DeadlinetoapplyonlineforAprilInterview
31 at the half. Free throws made the difference in the game with for2017-18ArtScholarship
Trinity connecting on 22 of 25 free throws compared to Chipola at 1-2 Jazzmatazz7p.CFATheatre
7 for 11. 3 AuditionsfortheChildren’sShow6p.CFATheatre
Chipola earned one of 8 at-large bids in the 24-team 6 SpringFrolics-ClassesDismissed10:30a.-2:45p.
tournament. The Lady Indians earned the #3 overall seed and beat
Walters State 70-61 in the first round of the tournament on March 8 ACTExam
22. Sydnee McDonald led Chipola with 22 points. Tiaera Phillips 10-21 Early Reg. Sum. I & II – Current Students 8 a.–3 p.
had 16 with 8 rebounds. Baker-Northcross scored 11. Garven added 10. Gulf Coast captured the 11 ArtGalleryEvent:ChipolaStudents6p.CFAGallery
NJCAA Championship for a second straight year. 11 SpringEnsembleConcert7p.CFATheatre
ChipolafinishedsecondinFCSAAStateTournament,March11,inOcala,losingtoGulfCoast 11 TRiOMtg.1:30p.Café
80-72 in the Championship game. Three Lady Indians were named to the State All-Tournament 12 Baseballvs. Tallahassee,4p.m.
team—Danielle Garven, Raven Baker-Northcross and Barbara Johnson. Garven also was named 13 Softballvs.GulfCoast,4&6p.m.
to the All-State team.
The Lady Indians advanced to the state title game with a 67-47 win over Santa Fe in the semi- 13 SGACampusBloodDrive
finals on March 10. 13 NightStudentSocial7p.Cafeteria
Chipola finished as the runner-up in the Panhandle Conference behind champion Gulf 14 Baseballvs.Pensacola,2p.m.
Coast. The final Conference records were: Gulf Coast (10-2), Chipola (9-3), Tallahassee is (7-5), 14 TRiO&SGAEndoftheYearLuau
Pensacola (3-9) and Northwest (1-11). 17 Baseballvs.Northwest,5p.m.
Head Coach Greg Franklin led the Lady Indians to a National Championship in 2015, and 18 DeadlinetocompleteFinancialAidSum.I&II
was named NJCAA, FCSAA, and Panhandle Coach of the Year. The 2014-15 Lady Indians (34-1)
captured the college’s first ever national title with a 54-46 win over previously unbeaten Hutchinson. 18 ShowChoirScholarshipAuditionsfor2017-18
Chipola Commencement ~ May 3 in Dothan 20 AwardsNight–Reception6p./Ceremony7p.
The Chipola College 2017 Commencement Ceremony is set forWednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m., at 21 ApplicationDeadline–Sum.I
the Dothan Civic Center. The address is 126 St. Andrews Street, Dothan, AL, 36303. 21 CAAPReg.Deadline,MayTest
of 2016 to May of 2017 or during the Summer 2017 terms. Diplomas will be awarded for Bachelor 22 Baseballvs.GulfCoast,1p.m.
of Science, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts andWorkforce Development Certificates. Chipola 22 SophomoreMusicRecital7p.
graduates may invite an unlimited number of family members and guests to share the event.The 24-26 EarlyReg.Sum.I&II8a.-4p.
ceremonywillbebroadcastliveonYouTubeavailableatthislink: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChipolaCollege 25 ShowChoirScholarshipAuditionsfor2017-18
Madeline Pumariega, Chancellor of the Florida College System (FCS), will deliver the Commencement Address. She 27 EarlySum.IPaymentDeadline
became Chancellor in August of 2015. Pumariega most recently served as president of the statewide non-profitTake Stock 27 LastClassDayAcademics-Spring
in Children. Prior to joining Take Stock, she spent 20 years at Miami Dade College (MDC), serving as President of the Wolfson 28 FinalExams
Campus. Pumariega is an alumna of Miami Dade College, a doctoral candidate at Barry University and a graduate of St. ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 students in day classes need a
Chipola Student ID to take the final exam in the Cultural Ctr.
Thomas University and The Florida Atlantic University College of Education. ID’s are made Monday throughThursday, 9 a.m.–11 a.m. and
1-3 p.m. Exceptions will be by appointment only.
Spring Frolics - April 6th
Chipola Spring Frolics is Thursday, April 6, from 10:30 a.m.
until 2:45 p.m., at the Chipola Pool or Johnson Center in case
of rain. Students will be excused from classes to participate.
SGA has great activities, free food and door prizes lined up. Several university Chipola Environmental Science students recently toured the Bluff
recruiters will be on hand.There will be a relay competition to see which club rules Trail of the Florida Caverns State Park with Billy Bailey, Park Services
the campus. SGA Spring Elections will be held at Spring Frolics, as well as voting for Specialist. Students experienced the native floral beauty and discussed the
Distinguished Service Awards for a Faculty Member, Career/Other ecological, commercial, historical values and scientific names associated
Employee and an Administrator. Students interested in running for with vegetation. Bailey also introduced the Paleontology of the dire wolf,
an SGA position should come by the Student Activities Office, cave bear, Smilodon (saber-tooth cat), Glyptodon (giant armadillo), giant
K-105 or call 718-2308 or. Deadline to apply is April 3. ground sloth, Pleistocene horse, llamas, and mastodon which once lived
in the area, some of which hibernated in caves at the park.
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